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Honduran President Orlando Hernandez and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel and Honduras signed a declaration on bilateral security cooperation on Thursday (Dec. 8), with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman inking the deal for the Jewish State, and his counterpart, Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Armando Reyes Rendon, signing for his nation.

The meeting came on the heels of talks held between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Honduran President Orlando Hernandez earlier in the day. The two leaders met in Jerusalem privately and then held an expanded meeting with ministers from both countries. Hernandez is on his second visit to Israel (his first was in October 2015).

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Prime Minister Netanyahu told Honduran President Hernandez, “This is a great opportunity, a concrete progress of friendship for security, prosperity and peace.”

Pursuant to existing bilateral agreements regarding security cooperation and the protection of classified documents, the two sides decided to increase cooperation and tighten links.

The agreement includes cooperation on security equipment, training, reciprocal visits between defense ministries and joint projects on the transfer of technological information, all subject to the existing agreements.

It was also agreed to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in water, agricultural development and additional areas.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.